The London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the most prominent networking and business support organisation in the capital. It has supported London businesses since the late 19th century, catering to firms of all sizes and from diverse sectors. The LCCI is recognised as the voice of London businesses and membership to it allows companies to grow their business. Through corporate membership to the LCCI, individuals employed within a member company can enjoy the services of the organisation.
Annually, LCCI hosts over 200 business-to-business (B2B) events, providing members with numerous opportunities to meet and interact with peers and establish useful networks. The organisation also supports member-to-member marketing, unlimited access to expert Human Resource and legal advice, and access to an exclusive meeting space in central London. LCCI also keeps the interests of its members at heart when interacting with key business stakeholders and influencers in various business sectors.
Ali Seytanpir, a business professional with a degree in Business Economics from Greenwich University’s Business School, is among the active members that participate in and take advantage of the diverse services LCCI has to offer.
LCCI’s origins go back to 1782 when proposed plans for a Chamber of Commerce in London included an information office where trade enterprises and businesses could seek advice, assistance, consultation, information and opinion. A subscription rate was suggested for the use of the service, but it wasn’t until nearly 100 years later that the city of London finally got a Chamber of Commerce. The first London Chamber was established with 130 members in July 1881 at Mansion House. Many of the Chamber’s initial members still play a role through their successors.
In the early years, the body aimed to influence legislature, public opinion and bring about reforms that individual companies may have found difficult to effect. The LCCI’s founding members agreed that the Chamber was to serve the London Metropolis and not the entire city. Within a few years the body grew quite fast, with membership topping 3,000 in the early 1890s. It was a remarkable achievement given the organisation had been in operation for only ten years.
Since its early days, the London Chamber’s role was to represent the interests of the business community and provide assistance to members in resolving routine trading issues. Over the years, other business support organisations and London-based chambers have become part of the London Chamber, including the Westminster Chamber (October 1994), the East London Chamber (May 1999), Croydon Chamber (April 2003) and Ealing Chamber (2004).
The London Chamber is part of the 53 accredited Chambers of Commerce that operate under the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) network. These 53 Chambers are looked upon to be the champions of the business communities they represent in the regions and nations of the United Kingdom.
The wider Chamber of Commerce network exists to ensure that companies can come together to build new relationships, connect, enjoy new opportunities and share best practices. These Chambers also provide ground support to help firms do business at a local, regional and global level. Together, they represent the public businesses in Britain, helping them to reach their full potential.
Beyond just helping businesses grow, LCCI has adopted a corporate responsibility policy that outlines its commitment to various areas of business, including the marketplace, workplace and wider community. LCCI works to create a diverse, safe and motivating workplace for employees, while also upholding professionalism and high standards when working with suppliers and customers. As one of the accredited chambers, LCCI encourages excellence in the areas of people, customer service, engagement, leadership, resources, influence and representation.